We can't do it for them, says Obama about Iraq.
Of course, we never should have done it in the first place. Either the CIA lied or screwed up with regard to the presence of weapons of mass destruction in Iraq. Then the armed forces and the State Department screwed the pooch, with Bush declaring victory after a few days, when in fact we faced a decade of blood and sweat and wasted treasure trying to democratize Iraq.
Greed --- read Chaney and Haliburton as prime examples --- hubris --- read Bush and his neo-con advisers --- and incompetence resulted in, as usual, some few growing rich(er) while others bled and died.
Obama promised to get the US out and wisely did so... and without all the monkey shines Nixon engaged in, before he pulled us out of Vietnam.
Now, as in Vietnam, we see the paper tiger we propped up crumbling in our vacuum. I say, let it. Don't throw good money after bad in the desert. Be wiser then that.
Instead, Mr. Obama, make your final 2.5 years in office a time of great domestic strides:
1. Cure whatever ills there are in Obamacare.
2. Restructure the tax structure to fairly dun the rich.
3. Invest in energy and infrastruture: create jobs, make us energy independent, rebuild a crumbling America.
4. Revitalize public education at all levels. We once had the greatest education system in the world. We won't be great again by introducing the profit motive. We might be great again by investing in the great public school system and the great public university system that made us the world beaters in the first place.